It was our family’s vacation tradition to visit Bavaria during the beginning of October if at all possible – because it was off season and there was just a dusting of snow in the mountains with the scent of cool, fresh mountain air – here’s our only photo from Oberammergau, with David standing in front of the nutcracker at Käthe Wohlfahrt’s Christmas store.
We love the beautiful “onion dome” churches in Bavaria, and this one is in Garmisch-Partenkirchen at the foot of the Zugspitze – the highest mountain in Germany – despite the crooked picture I framed it so the church is standing straight up.
David stands in front of a statue of two mountain goats – called Steinbock or Alpine Ibex – in Berchtesgaden, Germany; which was our only visit to the Armed Forces Recreation Center (AFRC) in Berchtesgaden before it was closed.
Berchtesgaden, Germany, is due south of Salzburg, Austria – in a little appendage in the southeastern corner of Germany – here David stands beside the Königssee in the Nationalpark Berchtesgaden.
The Königssee is a long thin mountain lake that starts at the town of “Schönau am Königsee” and then goes south into the heart of the Nationalpark Berchtesgaden.
David and I pose in front of the Königssee, and on Google Map’s satellite view you can see the island that is just behind my head – as well as the visible water barrier that lies prior to a distant dam in the fourth photo in this series.
The tour boat in the distance takes visitors around the pristine mountain lake for a very calm and smooth boat ride on the Königssee – which is part of the Nationalpark Berchtesgaden.
We didn’t take the boat cruise around the Königssee but instead spent most of our time in the city of Berchtesgaden and driving around the countryside taking in all of the mountain views, before continuing on our vacation to Salzburg, Austria the next day.
David stands on the patio overlooking the surrounding mountains at the Armed Forces Recreation Center (AFRC) Berchtesgaden – I wanted a picture of the snow dusted mountains but this picture didn’t show them.
The lighting was such that white mountains on a white sky don’t contrast very much, but in this picture you can barely see the outline of the snow covered peaks – as well as the golden leaves of autumn.
Another picture from the AFRC’s balcony without the mountains in the picture, but you can almost feel the brisk mountain air from looking at the golden falling leaves on the lawn below – the next stop on this vacation was Salzburg, Austria – which will be tomorrow’s post.